Arta Dobroshi is a Kosovar-Albanian actress, often cited for her striking presence and ability to breathe authenticity into the roles she plays. She is the first Kosovar actress to walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, and be nominated for the European Film Award.
Born in Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia (1980) to Kosovo Albanian parents, Arta has studied performing arts since childhood and attended Pristina's four-year Academy of Arts acting and drama course where she starred in many short films and theatre. When Arta was fifteen, she went on a student exchange program to America, where she starred in drama plays.
After her first year at the Academy of Arts, the Kosovo war escalated. Dobroshi's grandparents were imprisoned, and one of her professors and a good friend were killed when Serbian soldiers stormed a Pristina bar. Fortunately, Dobroshi was in Macedonia helping establish an International Medical Corps refugee camp for people who had been war traumatized.
After the conflict, Arta performed in local theaters and Albanian movies, and had a leading role in the prize-winning German-Albanian production Magic Eye (2005), about the Albanian situation during the period of unrest.
While in Sarajevo performing in a Bosnian play, Dobroshi met Luc and Jean-Piere Dardenne who offered her a casting opportunity for Lorna's Silence and invited her to Belgium to perform two scenes in French with Jérémie Renier and Fabrizio Rongione. After learning her lines phonetically and finishing two days of shooting, she was given the role. She mastered the French language in an eight-week period before shooting.
Dobroshi came to international prominence for her portrayal of Lorna in Lorna's Silence, her fourth feature, in which she played the title role to great acclaim and received international media attention. The film was awarded in Cannes 2008. In the same year Dobroshi was nominated in the Best Actress category at the European Film Awards and at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2009.
Dobroshi starred in BAFTA winning director Daniel Mulloy's short film Baby which won Best Short Film at its Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere (2010), Best International Short Film at Cork Film Festival, Best Short Film Award at the British Independent Film Awards, Best International Short Film at Flickerfest, and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2011). Dobroshi was awarded Best Actress for her role in Baby at the International Short Film Festival.
Arta recently completed filming on Julie Gavras' Late Bloomers alongside William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini, and she stars in Trois Mondes which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. She is currently working on Nëna, with her director from Baby, Daniel Mulloy. The film, set in Kosovo's capital Pristina, will be Arta's first role on her home soil in many years. Financed by the UNDP, Nëna will be shot in Albanian and is Dobroshi's first project as producer.
In addition to performing, Arta was a jury member of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. Impressed by her charity work and believing that her high profile would help raise awareness of issues, on 22 December 2008, Dobroshi was appointed as a MDG Champion / Goodwill Ambassador for Kosovo by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
For her outstanding performance in Three Worlds Arta Dobroshi is
receiving The Barbara Tipple best Actress Award 2012 from TheWIFTS Foundation.